Lockwood Folly Country Club News from the Golf Course – March 2019
I am pleased with the work we have been able to complete on the golf course this winter as we prepare for the busy season ahead. Significant tree pruning and removal in areas that have negatively impacted our turf will have the biggest effect on improving turf quality this season. Substantial tree work has been completed on #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 15 and #18. We also have been edging bunkers, working on cart paths, moving water, making pre-emergent weed control and fertility applications.
In any business endeavor your results are based on the shoulders of your Management team and staff. I am very confident that we have assembled a quality, hard working and efficient team. With that being said I would like to familiarize the Membership with Clinton Weeks – Assistant Superintendent and Chris Green – Equipment Technician:
My name is Clinton Weeks, your Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. My wife Christa, daughters Kathleen and Ella traded the rolling hills of Little Washington, Virginia for the shoreline of Cherry Grove, North Myrtle Beach, SC in 2016. Prior to being offered a position at Tidewater Golf and Plantation, I was the Assistant Superintendent at Fauquier (Fawk-eer) Springs Country Club located on The Rappahannock River outside of Warrenton, VA. A veteran of the U. S. Coast Guard, I took every opportunity to travel and experience the world before returning to my hometown to settle down and start a business. Continuous education led to studying Arboriculture and landscaping/hardscaping design which segued into a career in the golf course maintenance industry. I was offered a position at Tidewater Golf and Plantation where the opportunity to expand my knowledge of warm season turf, southern soils and plant life presented itself. The chance to be part of a growing team, with a goal of making a good golf course – Great, led me to join the team at Lockwood Folly. I look forward to the opportunity to make Lockwood Folly better than ever and thank you for letting me be a steward of your course.
My name is Chris Green, your new Equipment Manager. Originally from Western Maryland, I relocated to the Holden Beach area when I was 10 and have lived here for the past 26 years. My wife, Melissa, and our 10 year old son, Carter, are in the process of buying a home in Supply. As stressful as that can be, we are excited and plan on continuing being a part of this community indefinitely.
I didn’t grow up with a wrench in my hand and had zero mechanical experience until I joined the United States Air Force in 2002. Although I could barely check my own oil, the Air Force thought I would best serve as an F-16 Crew Chief as part of the Tactical Aircraft Maintenance career field. Over the years, through training and years of experience, I found not only was I good at, I actually enjoyed doing it. When I got out I applied to several airports with the hope of continuing working on aircraft. I was told my Air Force training and experience qualified me for a part time janitor position. I politely declined!
Through a friend of a friend of a friend, I just happened to fall into the golf world and took a job as Assistant Mechanic at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, NC. I found that I had a real knack for the different aspects of golf maintenance; especially the precision involved with greens and fairway cuts, and genuinely appreciated the beautiful nature surrounding the course. I then used my experience, sharpened my skills, and became Equipment Manager for both Ocean Ridge Plantation and later Brick Landing Plantation. It was only through a chance meeting with LFCC Green Chairman Jim Noel a year prior to my employment here that I would get the opportunity to work for you here at Lockwood Folly Country Club.
Working with both Tim Cunningham and Clinton Weeks since the end of last summer has been nothing short of outstanding. This is truly the best team I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. They are experts in their fields and I am as confident in their knowledge and abilities as they are in mine. We all have the same goal in mind, which is to bring Lockwood Folly Country Club to its full potential and make this one of the best golf courses in this area. I look forward to working with all of you for many years to come. Thank you!
As you can see we have two very good men in important positions here at Lockwood Folly Country Club. They both are great to work with and will have a big impact on our results. I will continue to update you monthly on what we are up to on the golf course and highlight the good people behind the scenes making a difference. Yours for Better Turf, Tim Cunningham Golf Course Superintendent Lockwood Folly Country Club